Metallurgist Shortage?

UK atomic weopons establishment (AWE) says there is a shortage of qualified metallurgists, and is looking for a partner organisations to set up courses in metallurgy (MSc and short courses). It is also recruiting personnel with qualifications in materials science, materials engineeing and chemistry to be trained in-house. Working with IOM3 who will establish the scale of the problem, find other industrial partners, identify academic institutions that might want to be involved in providing courses. With IOM3 independently co-ordinating and accrediting course material. A one day open discussion workshop will be held at 1 Carlton House terrace on 7th November 2006 to establish the key issues and identify the interested parties. (contact details in material world June 2006 p11).

Is it really true that there is a shortage of metallurgists, or do they just have skills when leaving university that enable them to work in other areas?

Do the people leaving courses in materials science have the necessary skills? Or is it necessary to have an undergraduate or graduate degree in metallurgy.

I know at sheffield is was possible for me to take a degree either in metallurgy or materials science depending on which set of final exams I took (with almost the same courses for 4 years).

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